Xanax: Treatment for addiction rises sharply in children

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Xanax slows down the functions of the brain, but serious side-effects can occur

The number of children being treated for addiction to tranquilisers has doubled in a year, to more than 300, according to Public Health England.

The drug Xanax, and copies of it, accounted for the sharpest rise – from eight children receiving treatment in 2016-17 to 53 in 2017-18.

Ambulance services around the country have also reported a growing problem.

In 2017-18, more than 15,500 children had help for substance misuse, 88% for cannabis.

The total number receiving treatment was 5% down on the previous year,

What is Xanax?

Xanax is the brand name for the drug…



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